Faith does not hold us in the past.  Faith is an anchor cast into the future.  We are surrounded by trees planted by those who never sat in their shade, by children a grandparent never saw, by opportunities our ancestors made possible and yet never imagined.  Faith does not cling to the ruins of the past, faith strikes out towards a further shore, knowing only that God goes with us.  There is no guarantee of either safety or personal success, only that the adventure is worthwhile, and living honourably and compassionately can be the foundation of a future worth sacrifice.